Speaking at the '30th anniversary celebrations of M S Swaminathan Research Foundation,' here, K Palaniswami said rainwater harvesting stands as an important practice for the state which is dependent on neighbouring states for water.
Palaniswami had taken a helicopter from Tiruchirappalli to Pudukottai and Thanjavur districts on Tuesday to visit the affected parts but could not land at Nagapattinam and Thiruvarur due to inclement weather following which he had to cut short his tour.
Palaniswami alleged that DMK was synonymous with corruption and referred to the Sarkaria commission's report against the M Karunanidhi government in the 1970s over the Veeranam project to cater to the drinking water needs of Chennai.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami held a review meeting and issued a series of instructions to officials. These included asking collectors of coastal districts to take steps for early return of fishermen, an official release said.
When Palaniswami, after participating in a party event at Krishnagiri, was returning to the city, he told officials to stop his car when he spotted an accident on the highway (at Vadassery near Ambur in Vellore district).
The AIIMS facility was announced for Tamil Nadu in the Union Budget 2015-16 but had faced some delays over the location of the facility, with demands being made by various sections for it to be set up in their respective districts.